Project Fellows

Faculty Fellows

Kim ButlerKim Butler

Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies
Degree: Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University
Specialty: Brazil and the African Diaspora
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Office: 112 Beck Hall

Phone: 848-445-3311

Research Interests: African diaspora history; Brazil; race and politics of identity


Akissi BrittonAkissi Britton

Assistant Professor
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Office:  Beck Hall; 99 Avenue E, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8040

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Melissa CooperMelissa L. Cooper

Assistant Professor
Degrees: Ph.D. in History, Rutgers University (2012)
M.A. in History, Rutgers University-Newark (2007)
B.S. in Secondary Education--Social Studies, Temple University (1998)
Specialty: African American cultural and intellectual history, and the history of the African Diaspora
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Office: Room 330, Conklin Hall, Newark

Phone: (973) 353-1056

Research Interests:  African American cultural and intellectual history; history of the African Diaspora


Erica DunbarErica Armstrong Dunbar

Charles and Mary Beard Professor of History
Degree: Ph.D., Columbia University
Additional Degree(s): M.A., Columbia University B.A., University of Pennsylvania
Rutgers : At Rutgers since 2017
Specialty: African-American and US History: Women's and Gender History
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Office: 303A Van Dyck Hall

Phone: 848-932-8352

Research Interests: I am a late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century scholar with a specialization in African American women’s history. I have interests in urban slavery, emancipation studies, and the intersection of race and gender in American history. My focus on early African American history serves as a natural bridge to my directorship of the Program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.


Jimmy SweetJimmy Sweet

Assistant Professor of American Studies
Degree:  Ph.D., University of Minnesota; M.A., Montana State University; B.A., University of Tennessee
Specialty: Native American and Indigenous studies
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Office: RAB 205F

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Research Interests: Native American and Indigenous studies with a concentration on interactions between American Indians and Euro-Americans; Indigenous language revitalization and preservation


Erica EdwardsErica Edwards

Associate Professor of English
Degree: Ph.D. Duke University
Specialty:  African American literature, gender and sexuality, and black political culture
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Office: MU 013, College Ave. Campus

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Research Interests:  African-American & Diaspora, Gender & Sexuality


Sylvia Chan-MalikSylvia Chan Malik

Assistant Professor of American Studies
Degrees:  Ph.D in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College, and a B.A. in English and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley.
Specialty: History of Islam in the United States
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Office: RAB 203C

Phone: 848-932-3356

Research Interests:  Dr. Sylvia Chan-Malik studies the intersections of race, gender, and religion in the United States, with a particular interest in how these categories intersect in contemporary struggles for social justice. Her current research focuses on the history of Islam in the United States, and specifically the experiences of U.S. Muslim women.


Graduate Fellows

Shaun ArmsteadShaun Armstead

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Research Interests: Women's and Gender, American History, Global and Comparative

Shaun Armstead is a third-year doctoral student who graduated with her B.A. degree in History from Auburn University in 2015. She studies women’s transnational activism after World War II. Specifically she focuses on the interactions between women from the global North and global South and how imperial dynamics shaped and limited their ability to work together to establish universal peace. Central to her research is understanding how the concept of the nation fits into transnational visions for a better world.


Gabriel BamgboseGabriel Bamgbose

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Gabriel Bamgbose is a published poet and Fulbright scholar. While studying English at Tai Solarin University of Education in Nigeria, Gabriel took creative writing courses as well as literature courses, which helped him develop his poetic voice. He began publishing his poetry in literary journals and in 2014 he published his book Something Happened After the Rain. He is also the founding editor of the Ijagun Poetry Journal, an online international poetry journal. Gabriel also holds an M.A. in English [Literature] from the University of Ibadan. Before beginning the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Gabriel spent a year as a Fulbright scholar at NYU. He taught Yoruba language and culture and enrolled in graduate courses in Africana Studies. Gabriel’s research interests include African women’s writing, poetry, postcolonial theory, and feminist theory. He sees his creative writing as another way of doing theory and often uses his poetry as a different way of engaging in critical work.


Maria Beltran-RodriguezMaria Beltran Rodriguez

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When Maria Elizabeth Rodríguez Beltrán began studying at CUNY after moving to New York from the Dominican Republic, she took courses in a wide variety of disciplines. She realized that all of the courses that interested her, despite the diverse subject material, had one thing in common: excellent professors. This discovery led her to pursue a career in teaching. As an English major, Maria Elizabeth began to study the work of Frederick Douglass and other slave narratives. The study of the Civil War was completely new to her, and she says, “I fell in love with it.” In addition to written slave narratives, she also became interested in visual culture including pictures and paintings depicting slavery. Then, a professor recommended that she take a course on the Greek and Latin roots of English to improve her language skills. That course sparked an interest in the origin of words, and Maria Elizabeth began to study Latin, eventually pursuing a double major in English and Classics. At Rutgers, Maria Elizabeth plans to continue to develop her interests in slavery and visual culture. She also hopes to expand her research to earlier time periods and geographical areas in order to study visual representations of slavery in the Caribbean and South America.


Joseph WilliamsJoseph Williams

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Research Interests: African American History, Women’s and Gender

Joseph entered the doctoral program at Rutgers after completing an M.A. in History at DePaul and a Master of Theological Studies (MTS) at Garrett Seminary. He is interested in black intellectual history, women's and gender history, and American religious reform from the late nineteenth to the mid twentieth century.


Sam HegeSam Hege

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Research Interests: STEH, Global and Comparative History

Sam is currently a second year doctoral student that studies the history of environmental justice and political economy in the 20th century. With a particular interest in New York City and its position in a global economy of food, his dissertation project examines the productive and consumptive history of beef, chronic illness, and the efforts to construct alternative and more just encounters with food, energy, and waste. He completed his B.A. at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011, an MSc at Edinburgh University in 2013, and an MA in Global and Comparative History at Rutgers in 2016.Sam is a first-year doctoral student. He completed his undergraduate degree at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2011 and an M.A. in the Global and Comparative History program at Rutgers in 2016. He is interested in 20th century Environmental history, particularly in understanding the relationship between food production and consumption and the social, physical, and political consequences of these processes.


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Research Interests: African American History

 

 

 


Caitlin WiesnerCaitlin Wiesner

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Research Interests: Women's and Gender History, African American

Caitlin is currently a third year PhD student specializing in women's and gender history in the 20th century United States. She earned her B.A. with Distinguished Honors in History and Women's & Gender Studies from The College of New Jersey in 2015. Her research interests include the history of feminism, race, sexual violence, and criminalization in the late 20th century United States. Her current research examines how African American women contributed to grassroots anti-rape organizations in the 1970s and 1980s as feminist advocacy professionalized and state funding sources grew increasingly carceral.